Lengthy Seashore Cellular Testing to Present Assets to Immigrants and Undocumented Folks – The Sign Tribune
The City of Moncton, in partnership with the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), is launching a new mobile COVID-19 testing program that will focus on underserved Latinx and undocumented communities with the goal of lowering the barrier to access testing .
The program aims to address the critical discrepancies within the Latinx community in health testing and access.
Mobile test units are one-stop shops with all the necessary equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE) and logistical items for tests, which are stowed directly on board. Once the test unit arrives at a location, test managers, led by paramedics, can set up an outdoor pop-up test location in a small space.
“In California, immigrants and Latinos are most likely to develop and die from this virus,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
Mobile testing is typically available on weekdays to local residents who are unable to leave their home due to circumstances such as mobility issues and certain underlying health conditions.
Now the city is working in coordination with the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights in Los Angeles (CHIRLA) to bring mobile testing to west, central and north Moncton. Free COVID-19 tests will be offered this week from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. without an appointment at the following locations:
• Wednesday, September 23, at Westside Christian Church (1594 W. Willow St.)
• Saturday, September 26, at Washington Middle School (1450 Cedar Ave.)
• Sunday, September 27, at Starr King Elementary School (145 E. Artesia Blvd.)
“CHIRLA is proud to partner with the City of Moncton to ensure everyone in our community has access to COVID-19 testing and the information they need to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy “Said Angelica Salas, Executive Director of CHIRLA. “CHIRLA will help nurture this valuable community effort far and wide, particularly for our immigrant families who are vulnerable to the disease due to their role as essential workers and the fear associated with their immigrant status.”
Anyone who thinks they have been exposed to COVID-19 can also get tested by their personal health care provider if they have one or one of the six free COVID-19 testing sites in Moncton:
• Moncton City College, Pacific Coast Campus (1305 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.), 10:00 am to 1:00 pm weekdays
• Jordan Plus High School (171 W. Bort St.), weekdays from 7am to 7pm
• Moncton City College, Veterans Stadium (500 E. Lew Davis Dr.), 10 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm, weekdays
• Cabrillo High School (Santa Fe Ave. 2001) on weekends from 10 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm
• Harbor District (2100 W. Anaheim St.), 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, weekday
• Rapid Assessment Clinic (RAC) at Moncton City College, Pacific Coast Campus, 10 am to 1 pm weekdays
Appointments at these free test locations in the city are required and can be made online or by phone via the city’s COVID-19 info line at 562.570.INFO (4636). Free trials are offered to all Moncton, Signal Hill, Lakewood, Paramount and Compton residents. There are no residence restrictions at the Jordan Plus High School location.
To date, Moncton has conducted 210,256 COVID-19 tests at city-operated sites, a state-run site, and private laboratories.
As of September 22, Moncton had 11,615 cases of COVID-19 and 238 people have died from the virus. About 10,788 people have recovered.